canonical hour
noun Date: 15th century 1. a time of day canonically appointed for an office of devotion 2. one of the daily offices of devotion that compose the Divine Office and include matins with lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline

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  • canonical hour — Christianity n. 1. any of seven periods of the day assigned to recitation of the Divine Office: the hours are matins (with lauds), prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline 2. the part of the Divine Office assigned to each of these periods …   English World dictionary

  • canonical hour — noun (Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer • Topics: ↑Roman Catholic, ↑Western Church, ↑Roman Catholic Church, ↑Church of Rome, ↑Roman Church • Hypernyms: ↑hour …   Useful english dictionary

  • canonical hour — canon′ical hour′ n. rel any of certain periods of the day set apart for prayer and devotion: these are matins and lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • canonical hour — Eccles. any of certain periods of the day set apart for prayer and devotion: these are matins and lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline. [1400 50; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • canonical hour — noun a) Any of certain times of day at which specified prayers are said according to canon law b) The prayers said at these times …   Wiktionary

  • Canonical Hours — • Essay on the practice of reciting the Divine Office according to set hours Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Canonical Hours     Canonical Hours      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Canonical hours — Hour Hour, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure, F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the day, an hour. See {Year}, and cf. {Horologe}, {Horoscope}.] 1. The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hour — Hour, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure, F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the day, an hour. See {Year}, and cf. {Horologe}, {Horoscope}.] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hour angle — Hour Hour, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure, F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the day, an hour. See {Year}, and cf. {Horologe}, {Horoscope}.] 1. The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hour circle — Hour Hour, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure, F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the day, an hour. See {Year}, and cf. {Horologe}, {Horoscope}.] 1. The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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